How do I sync iTunes files to multiple iPods different sizes?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MacFanJeff, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have searched but either overlooked or can't find an answer to this and am hoping someone can help that has done this before.

    What I want to do is to sync my iTunes files to different iPods that are different sizes in memory. For example, I have both an iPod Touch 16GB and an iPod Classic 64GB size. Obviously all my files won't fit on the 16GB model so I select the "sync on checked selections" box and chose what I want. But this creates a problem because I really need to have 2 profiles that are for each iPod I own. That way I don't have to keep checking and unchecking selections each time I plug in a different iPod that is a different size.

    Is there a way to make a "profile" for each iPod you own for the same iTunes library? How do I sync them to my different iPods that are of different memory sizes?

    Thanks for any input on this.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Well, each iPod will remember what playlists you have synced on each.

    I have 2 iPhones in our house, an iPod Video (60GB) and an original Nano and each syncs based on what I have chosen (checked).

    I am not sure why you are having issues with the 16GB. :confused:

    I also don't sync everything to ANY of my iPods as my Library is above and beyond 60GB. I made a few playlists that I pick and choose between.

    Is that the problem? Are you picking/checking individual items/songs/videos and not playlists? If so, build some playlists and pick and choose which playlists you want on which iPod.
     
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    steve-p

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    I just make a separate playlist for each one of my iPods and iPhone, containing the appropriate amount of music to fill it. It's a bit of a nuisance setting it up in the first place, but it works OK.

    Also I have two formats for every song - lossless and AAC. All the lossless ones go to Apple TV (with a smart playlist based on format) and the AAC versions go to everything else, in varying amounts.

    It's not the easiest thing to manage multiple formats and/or devices in iTunes without a fair bit of work setting it up.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies, that should help. I was in fact checking individual songs/videos/podcasts and apps, not making playlists. I just wanted a way to have everything I wanted on my largest iPod but the iPod touch to have a trimmed down version for all the apps on it and my most recent podcasts and favorite songs.

    I will give the playlist thing a try and see how that works. You would think by now Apple would have come up with a way to create "profiles" for people to save "snapshots" of different configurations for all the different sized iPods. That way you would just create a "profile" for each iPod you own and be done with it.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    But essentially there are profiles for each iPod you own. When you go to the iPod in iTunes, each tab shows you what playlists/videos/movies/TV shows/podcasts/etc are synced. This is not the same for every iPod you own. It is different for each one...essentially a 'profile' for that specific iPod.
     

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